It started as an all-out attack on the family grocery budget. My love for feeding my family "real" foods with simple ingredients I recognize was deeply rooted, and, I think, an integral part of our simplicity journey...but it was decidedly not compatible with my grocery budget. What was I to do? After several months of flagrant overspending, it became clear that Food and Finances needed to sit down and have a little meeting of the minds.
I discovered a fantastic book by Stephanie Langford, Real Food on a Real Budget, which gave me just what I needed - A guide to find the simplest, most nutritionally dense, whole foods, as well as instructions for preparation which would drastically simplify our spending. At first I was a little intimidated by the superwoman skill-set Mrs. Langford was flexing in the kitchen...but a little determination and a difficult economy soon had us learning.
It's slowing us down.
It's bringing us together around a common task.
I have a feeling it is filling the boys with a new respect and thankfulness for the food we eat.
Simpler is not always easier, but it is proving to be a great teacher in the things that matter most!